Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath Robert Troy says he’s extremely concerned about the overcrowding situation at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar. The Irish Midwives and Nurses Organisation has called for an urgent meeting with the HSE to discuss the massive under resourcing situation at the hospital, which it claims could lead to potentially life-threatening situations.
Deputy Troy commented, “Despite the fact that the Mullingar Hospital is one of the busiest in the region, nurses are warning of an acute staff shortages and severe overcrowding. The situation is getting worse instead of better, with up to 50 people left on trolleys in any given week. This is completely unacceptable, bordering on dangerous. Staff at the hospital are going above and beyond their duties to provide the best quality care to their patients, but a series of health cutbacks introduced by this Government over the past three years is making an already challenging working environment increasingly difficult.
“This already dangerous situation has the potential to worsen as further funding cuts are realised. €200m is being slashed from hospital budgets this year, which will force additional service cutbacks in an already pressurised system.
Raising the issue in the Dáil recently, Deputy Troy added, “I have repeatedly called on the Health Minister to address this issue, however the situation at the hospital is deteriorating rather than improving. Unrealistic budget targets must be phased out. The Government urgently needs to address the acute staff shortage at Mullingar hospital to ensure that patient safety is not compromised”.